5th October 2005




Staff at the Holbeach campus of the University of Lincoln will be celebrating their new-found status as a centre of excellence next week.


The £2.8 million Holbeach Technology Park, which opened a year ago, has been granted CoVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence) status by the Lincolnshire & Rutland Learning & Skills Council.


The council's Chairman, Roger Begy, will attend a special event on Thursday 13th October to present the university's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, with a plaque to mark the occasion.


CoVEs are specialist areas of vocational provision which aim to produce appropriately qualified and skilled workers with employment and career prospects which meet the needs of the economy.


The Holbeach campus now holds CoVE status in food manufacture and currently supports over 3,000 part-time students representing 96 companies including 32 multinational, multi-site organisations and 64 small to medium-sized enterprises.


Next week’s event will begin with a welcome by Professor Chiddick in the Marquee Room at 11.30am. Val Braybrooks, Director of the Holbeach Campus and Deputy Head of the Department of Further Education, will then give an update on the Holbeach Technology Park and will introduce Steve Broadbent, General Manager of Geest’s Welland Fresh Foods and Director of the Spalding site, Steve Quilt, Key Account Manager at Ishida Europe and David Tournay, Operations Manager at Improve, the sector skills council for the food manufacturing sector.


After the presentation of the plaque by Mr Begy and lunch in the Marquee Room guests will have an opportunity to tour the facilities after 1pm.


“CoVE status has given the Holbeach campus a tremendous boost and employers are now able to access a much enhanced range of training, education and business services with their employees benefiting from access to state of the art equipment and facilities,” said Val Braybrooks.


“We now have at Holbeach a training facility which I believe to be  one of the best in the county and which will enable employers to develop their own technical operators technologists and managers of the future supporting  the success of the food industry in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.”


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk